Series: Nearly Gone #2
Published by Penguin Teen on June 2, 2015
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The sequel to the highly praised and intricately plotted Nearly Gone--a YA urban mystery that's perfect for fans of Bones, Numbers, and The Body Finder
When Nearly Boswell starts working as an intern at a crime lab, she's hoping it will give her an advantage when it comes to college applications. But on her first day, a girl from her trailer park turns up dead. Then the corpse of a missing person is discovered, buried on a golf course, with a message for Nearly etched into the bones. When Nearly finds out the corpse is the father of Eric, a classmate of hers, she starts to worry that the body is connected to her father's disappearance five years ago. Nearly, Reece, and Nearly's classmates--Vince, Jeremy, and Eric--start a dangerous investigation into their fathers' pasts that threatens Nearly's fragile romance with Reece, and puts all them in the killer's path.
Nearly Boswell is back and better than ever. With her tormentor behind bars her life should be on it’s way back to normal. However, that is not the case. She, along with many people in her life, have started receiving messages in places that should not be accessible to people; locked cars, bedrooms, and other private places. It’s up to Nearly, Reece, and her fellow classmates to figure out what is going on before bodies start piling up.
Nearly and Reece are back and their relationship is still very new. Nearly is starting school, a new internship, and on top of all that she is once again involved in some crazy stuff. She can’t ever seem to keep herself out of trouble. As for Reece, he has a new assignment that keeps him from spending a lot of time with Nearly and puts their new relationship on the rocks. To be completely honest, I was a little skeptical about him this time around. He acted quite sketchy at times. I wanted to love him like I did in the first book but he made it difficult.
This time around Nearly had a lot more allies, even if some of them were reluctant to team up with her. Alex and Gena are back but they don’t have prominent roles. I still loved them though, especially Alex. Jeremy and Anh are also back and I had some serious issues with them. They both blamed Nearly from what happened at the end of the first book and pretty much dropped her as a friend. I hated that. Vince was back and a bit less of a douchebag. Lonny was my favorite though. He has a unique relationship with Nearly. They have more in common than either would like to admit.
My biggest problem with Nearly Found was how much crap Nearly got away with. She was an intern with the forensics lab and she totally took advantage of the access that granted her. She should have been caught and in serious trouble many times but she somehow got away with it. It was very unrealistic. Her internship was a pretty fascinating part of the story though.
The mystery was just as good as the first book. I was completely unable to see the connections. I had no clue how everything was going to tie together. There were so many times when I just wanted to skip to the end to see who it was but I forced myself not to. I devoured the book in one day though because I could not stop reading without figuring out who the killer was. Good luck guessing this one.
As for Nearly, her development as a character and with her ability was fantastic. She is more open to touching people and she is really trying to learn to deal with her ability without pushing people away.
Overall, Nearly Found was a wonderful conclusion to this duology. I look forward to reading Elle Cosimano’s next book. I highly recommend this duology to suspense fans.